VIP - the Vertically Integrated Projects Program

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context.  Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams.

Creates long-term research & development experiences

 
VIP extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester, with students participating for up to three years.  It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams.

Cultivates leadership & mentoring

 
The long-term nature of VIP creates an environment of mentorship, with faculty and graduate students mentoring teams, experienced students mentoring new members, and students moving into leadership roles as others graduate.

Benefits faculty research programs

 
VIP attracts students from many disciplines and enables the completion of large-scale design/discovery projects, strengthening and expanding faculty research portfolios.